Research Associate (m/f/d) in Acoustics, (PhD or Postdoc)

The DITF form the largest textile research center in Europe with more than 250 scientific and technical staff. As the world’s only textile research facility and covering an area of more than 25.000 m², the DITF work right across the textile production and value chains. Since 1921, we have been across all the major fields within textiles. We are among the leading research institutions worldwide. The core of the E-Textiles & Acoustics Technology Center is the research and development of smart textiles and innovative acoustic systems.

We are looking for a motivated scientist as a

Research Associate (m/f/d) in Acoustics, (PhD or Postdoc)
with a background in Physics, Mathematics, Electrical Engineering or a similar field

 for a full-time employment in an interdisciplinary team of experienced and young researchers.

Range of tasks

  • Development and acquisition of research topics on textile acoustic absorbers/diffusers, adaptive smart acoustic systems through to novel metamaterials (e.g. construction and research of periodic structures, low-frequency manipulation, room acoustics and noise control)
  • Independent planning and realization of publicly funded research projects, e.g. DFG, as well as industry-financed R&D orders (national, international)
  • Participation in international and national meetings, conferences and trade fairs
  • Publication of scientific papers (international peer-reviewed journals)
  • Supervision of student Theses (Bachelor/Master)

This position offers the opportunity for a PhD.

Your profile:

  • Above-average university degree (Master or comparable) in physics, mathematics, electrical engineering, or another relevant field and fulfilment of the requirements for admission to doctoral studies or a PhD
  • Excellent knowledge in the field of acoustics and/or wave physics
  • Good programming skills (Matlab, Python …)
  • Interest in theory and modelling of wave propagation in periodic and non-periodic structures and in fundamental research in acoustics
  • Knowledge in the field of acoustics metamaterials or porous materials is an advantage
  • Experience in acoustic measurement techniques
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (publications, international collaborations and projects)
  • Oral and written communication skills in German are an advantage (collaborations, project applications and internal communication)
  • Structured, goal- and result-oriented way of working
  • Interest in interdisciplinary collaboration with a wide variety of scientific disciplines
  • Ability to work both in a team and independently, creativity

With your expertise, customer orientation, flexibility, creativity and readiness to interdisciplinary collaboration, you can contribute to shaping the future of textiles and develop new products and ideas.

Our institute is located in an idyllic protected landscape along the Körsch river. In an attractive interdisciplinary work environment, we offer you:

  • Flexible working hours and the option for remote work to balance family and profession.
  • Multiple professional development opportunities.
  • The possibility of pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Stuttgart or in collaboration with another university.
  • A positive working atmosphere and intriguing research topics within a dynamic team.
  • Attractive retirement benefits in public service.



If all requirements are met, the position is rated up to salary group 13 (E13 TV-L) and is initially limited to two years with the possibility of a permanent contract afterwards. In addition, performance and success-related variable compensation components can be granted. Women are particularly encouraged to apply. Severely disabled people are given preference if they are equally qualified.

We look forward to receiving your detailed application by 30.09.2023 – quoting reference number 23-16, which you are welcome to send by e-mail to or to:

Deutsche Institute für Textil- und
Faserforschung Denkendorf
Ralph Schmidt
Körschtalstraße 26
73770 Denkendorf

We will also be happy to answer any further questions you may have about the advertised position:

    Dr. rer. nat. Elena Shabalina

    Head of Technology Center E-Textiles & Acoustics

    T +49 (0)711 93 40-279

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